How coronavirus compares to history’s deadliest pandemics: Visual timeline pits COVID-19 against Black Death, smallpox and AIDS – as experts warn current crisis could rival Spanish flu ‘in its lethality and scale’

The true scale of the coronavirus outbreak currently sweeping the world has been laid bare in a visual timeline comparing it to history’s most deadly pandemics.

It shows the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, was the most lethal of all diseases, killing roughly 200million people in the 14th century.

Smallpox, the second deadliest pandemic in history, claimed the lives of 56million people over more than 400 years before it was finally eradicated in 1980.

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